Great news for WOOZradio, Pandora and all other net radio broadcasters. Though this bill doesn’t entirely spell things out re: the future of net radio (at least in terms of WOOZ and our streaming via Live365) it is a positive step toward a solution that will keep net radio alive after many contentious months following the CRB’s unfair ruling in March 2007.
The key — the National Association of Broadcasters has rolled over:
The real deciding factor came when Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) met with members of the NAB. They told him that they feared their Web competitors would get a deal done first. Under the terms of the legislation, SoundExchange, the body that collects royalties and is part of the Recording Industry Association of America, has until Dec. 15 to negotiate a new rate. The NAB apparently was worried that the deadline didn’t give the organization enough time to strike its own royalty agreement.
“Berman said ‘Fine, we’ll extend the date until Feb. 15, which gives you two more months to talk,'” said one music-industry source with knowledge of the discussions. “There isn’t anything in the act that prevents traditional broadcasters from reaching their own royalty rate.”
That did the trick, according to the source. Dennis Wharton, an NAB spokesman confirmed Saturday night that the NAB met with Berman and that the deadline was extended. He said the trade organization has dropped its opposition in both houses of Congress.
You can listen to netZoo Internet Radio station — WOOZradio commercial free (for a small monthly fee that cuts into our royalty payments) by clicking here. Or listen w/ commercials for free.
WOOZradio is off the air today in protest of Congress’ proposed increases of over 300% to royalty rates on streaming audio broadcasts by partaking in the Internet Radio Day of Silence. Support Internet Radio and streaming broadcasts by acting now. More information being broadcast all day on KCRW.com. Yahoo! Music‘s radio stations, all of Live365, Rhapsody, Pandora as well as these stations have also gone silent in protest.
Take action here, here and here. The Washington Post has a great article. D-Day will effectively crush Internet radio as we know it on July 15th — unless we act.
2007 is gonna be something else for us music freaks. While I hesitate to itemize Top 10 lists (inevitably I will, as I did last January), I’m lukewarm on 2006’s best — many of my faves were released in late 2005 — and truth be told
2007 is gonna be a monster!!!
To avoid confusion, I’ll be migrating all music/WOOZradio posts to a new site, but until that happens, I beg of you these indulgences.
WOOZradio is netZoo’s Internet radio station. It has existed solely online since 1999, broadcasting via Live365. Currently, my top 100 (or so) of 2006 are in rotation, along with nearly 100 cuts from upcoming 2007 releases — Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Bloc Party, etc. Click here to listen ad-free (and help me pay for the space), or Click Here to listen free (w/ ads).
Coming in 2007:
The Bees (formerly A Band of Bees) are coming strong with Octopus. (Thanks Rory for first turning me on to them back in the day)!